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Indy Lights: Rinus VeeKay wins GP of Indianapolis race 2

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In dominating fashion, Rinus VeeKay won the second Indy Lights race of the weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, leading all 35 laps from the pole to take his second victory of the season.

“It was a great race,” VeeKay told NBC Sports. “I want to thank the team for an amazing car and I’m looking forward to many more wins.”

With his flawless victory, VeeKay also moved to the top of the Indy Lights points standings, leading Oliver Askew by one point.

“That’s very nice to know,” VeeKay said. “It doesn’t mean a lot [right now], but let’s keep it this way.”

Zachary Claman moved from fifth to second on Lap 1 and stayed there for a runner-up finish.

“It was a great race. I just played it smart on the first lap,” Claman said.

Askew finished third, followed by Friday’s winner, Robert Megennis, who ended up fourth after spinning early in the race.

“I am a little disappointed in myself for making that mistake going off [track] fighting for first, but this is Indy Lights,” Megennis said.

“This is leading up to IndyCar, and I’d rather make these mistakes now and learn from them and be better prepared for hopefully when I make it to the NTT IndyCar Series.”

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Indy Lights now moves to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, with the 17th running of the Freedom 100 taking place on Carb Day, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.